The debut feature from music video director Jonas Åkerlund, Spun focuses on the three-day odyssey of Ross (Jason Schwartzman), a crystal meth user who, after leaving his naked stripper girlfriend handcuffed to his bed, embarks on a series of adventures with drug dealers sporting cartoonish names like Spider Mike (John Leguizamo) and The Cook (Mickey Rourke), a couple of trashy drugged-out bimbos (Mena Suvari, Brittany Murphy), and lots of rock stars making intrusive cameos as regular Joes (Rob Halford, Debbie Harry, Billy Corgan). Åkerlund overstuffs the film with scenes played at hyper speed, hectic editing and some semi-pornographic animated sequences in an attempt to show how fashionably cool it is to wallow in degradation. The lack of narrative sobriety and the director’s shallow stylistic copycatting (the result is a crude mixture of Requiem for a Dream, Fight Club and The Salton Sea) is the film’s ultimate undoing. Spun begins with the disclaimer “Based on the truth…and lies” yet the only truth about this wretched exercise in drug culture glorification is that—after being beaten to a pulp by the film’s abundant use of abrasive camera tricks designed to simulate the experience of an intoxicating high—no one is going to care about the story’s authenticity.
- Newmarket Films
- 101 min
- Jonas Åkerlund
- Will De Los Santos, Creighton Vero
- Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, Peter Stormare, Alexis Arquette, Charlotte Ayanna, Josh Peck, Debbie Harry, Eric Roberts
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